Are you putting off your service to save money?

According to a recent survey from GoCompare, over a third of UK motorists are avoiding regular car services just to save a bit of cash.

It might seem a good idea at the time but regular servicing can work out a lot cheaper than the cost of a repair, which is what you could end up paying for if you continue to put off regular maintenance.

Delaying regular servicing on your vehicle is a false economy, particularly in light of the fact you could be getting your vehicle serviced on average, twice at an independent garage for the cost of one service at a main dealer, as recent information released by the Independent Garage Association shows!

Over 10 million (36%) UK motorists have put off servicing their vehicles to save cash, and over a quarter of us are guilty of travelling more than 2000 miles over our car manufacturer’s recommended mileage before getting a service. According to the same report from GoCompare, one in ten of you could be driving illegally by delaying replacing worn out or damaged tyres! Not only can this put you at risk of losing control on the road, it can also result in a serious driving offence which carries a fine of up to £2,500 and three points on your licence!

This is what you’re saying on Facebook

Facebook snapshot - car servicing

Think back to the last time you got your car serviced and ask yourself these two questions:

1. Was it a franchise or independent garage?

2. How much is their hourly labour rate?

By visiting an independent garage for a service, you could pay, on average, £40 an hour less than if you used a franchise dealer.

The IGA polled over 2,000 of its members on their labour rates and states that independent garages continue to offer motorists the very best value for money.

False Economy…

Since the recession officially hit around 2008, times have been tough for all of us. The total cost of running a vehicle seems to be constantly rising so it’s no surprise that people put off servicing when it’s not compulsory. BUT delaying essential servicing and repairs could render your vehicle unsafe and you can end up with much more damage in the long run. In short – preventing a problem early on can help keep car maintenance affordable in difficult times.

Let’s talk figures…

Average labour cost for independent garages = £40

Average labour cost for franchise garages = £95.94

Top 5 lowest prices by region:

1. Cambridgeshire = £34

2. Herefordshire = £35

3. Staffordshire = £36

4. Leicestershire = £36

5. Cumbria = £37

Every member of Trust My Garage (TMG) is an independent garage and provides each customer with a reliable and affordable service. By visiting a TMG member you get all the added benefits of a garage belonging to a reliable, recognised network, without the added cost of belonging to a franchise brand. SEE OUR OWN INFOGRAPHIC WITH ALL THE RESULTS HERE

What the members say:

Garage: Westfield Motors, Essex

“From our perspective skipping servicing is a false economy! Dirty or old oil will make your engine and gearbox unhealthy. If you aren’t checking your engine oil level between services and it runs too low then you could end up looking for a second-hand engine! Brakes need checking regularly for safety reasons, the same as brake fluid! For cars that have cam belts, by not servicing regularly and changing it on time this can also result in engine failure! A service will enable you to be made aware of any broken coil springs (usually caused by potholes) and this could result in cracking and piercing a tyre.

We have a 52 reg VW Golf that is approaching 300,000 miles!  Key to this vehicle getting to that incredible mileage? The customer brings it in every 10,000 miles for a service without fail!”westfield motors workshop

If you take your car to a Trust My Garage member for regular servicing this will help to identify when any repairs may be required and save you money in the long run. It’s a win-win situation!

About trustmygarage

TRUST MY GARAGE (TMG) is a scheme developed for independent garages by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) to recognise the high standards of independent garages throughout the UK.

Posted on May 20, 2013, in Motoring, Trust My Garage, vehicle repairs and servicing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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